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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA HIDES RE-OPENING FROM MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 7th February 2020

On the sea today 4 Eiders, a Red-throated Diver, and 5 Great Crested Grebes were counted. At least 3 Stonechats were seen and 2 Rock Pipits were at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still north of Winterton Holmes this morning +Raven still
Norfolk possible Rough-legged Buzzard juv Holkham Freshmarsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach below Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 30+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 11.41am
Norfolk Hooded Crow Wiveton at 10am tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Halvergate Marshes at High's Drainage Mill
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (50.Snow Buntings still on beach +4+Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe at 9.55am
Norfolk no sign of Great Northern Diver y'day Blickling Hall on lake in a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still by north end of Lady Anne's Drive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese